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Biology


Faculty


Dean

Program Lead

Administrative Assistant

Academic Advisor

Associate Professors

  • Bruner, Phillip L. (1978) B.S. 1970, Church College of Hawaii; M.S. 1974, Louisiana State University.
  • Bybee, David (2007) B.S. 1997, Brigham Young University; PhD 2006, University of Hawaii.

Assistant Professors

  • Ingley, Spencer (2017) B.S. 2010, University of Florida; Ph.D. 2015, Brigham Young University.
  • Saucier, Esprit (2017) B.S. 2006, Ohio State University; M.S. 2009, Ohio State University; Ph.D. 2016, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
  • Smith, Brad (2013) B.S. 2003, Texas A&M University; PhD 2006 Texas A&M University.
  • Weeks, Colby (2010) B.S. 2001, Brigham Young University; PhD 2006 University of California-Irvine.

 

The Discipline


The Biology major provides a rigorous research-based education for students, with a basic foundation in the life sciences. Special emphasis is placed on providing opportunities for students to participate in meaningful research in areas such as anatomy, genetics, physiology, molecular biology, evolution, natural history, and marine biology. This major seeks to prepare students for professional careers in teaching, government service, industry, research, and the medical professions.

 

Career Opportunities


With further education, career opportunities for Biomedical Science graduates include medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, chiropractics, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, and other allied health professions. General Biology majors can utilize their degree to obtain careers in areas such as wildlife management, forestry conservation, environmental quality consulting, technical work, and park services. Students interested in aquaria, ocean conservation, marine research, and fisheries can use Marine Biology to prepare them for entrance into these fields. The study of Molecular Biology major has particular value for students preparing for jobs in genetics, consulting, research, forensics, and bioinformatics. The Biology Education Program, a cooperative program with the School of Education, is designed to prepare teachers to teach Biology in junior high or high school.

All Biology Major tracks provide opportunities for a variety of post-baccalaureate studies.

Programs Outcomes


Upon completing a major in Biology, students will:

1. Demonstrate content knowledge of the discipline.

2. Perform essential laboratory techniques, and employ scientific principles and laboratory skills to solve scientific problems.

3. Convey scientific ideas and knowledge, in written form, clearly and professionally.

4. Analyze and evaluate relevant scientific literature.

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Future Health-Care Professionals
The Biochemistry and Biology programs offer excellent preparation for students interested in continuing their education at professional schools (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, etc.). Students who are interested in becoming health-care professionals should carefully study the requirements of their desired professional programs and meet with the academic advisor and the pre-healthcare faculty advisor (Dr. Lukov) early in their undergraduate career to prepare a proper course of study.